Case Against Indicted Sheriff on Hold Again after Recusal

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) – The case against a longtime Alabama sheriff accused of theft and ethics violations is being delayed again after a judge stepped aside. Retired Circuit Judge Pride Tompkins cited his own risk of catching the coronavirus in recusing himself from the case against Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely. Blakely was indicted on multiple felony charges in August 2019. But the initial trial date nearly a year ago was set aside because of the pandemic, and the case has been delayed ever since. The chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court will appoint a replacement for Tompkins.

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